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Congressman Thornberry Questions Defense Secretary about Bergdahl Deal

Thirteenth District Congressman Mac Thornberry says the goals of Sgt. Bergdahl release hearings were to get the facts out for lawmakers and the American people because he says everyone needs to know what's happened with the deal and what the potential consequences are. Thornberry also says the hearings are to pursue questions of whether the president violated the law.
During Armed Services hearings on Capitol Hill, 13th District Congressman Mac Thornberry took on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

"The secretary admitted that it was the Haqqani Network that captured, held, and released Sgt. Bergdahl," Thornberry says. "The Haqqani Network is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States government."

Besides allegedly negotiating with terrorists, Thornberry says the Obama administration broke several laws including not giving Congress 30 days notice before the release of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, much less five.

"There is a completely separate law that is a restriction on funds in an appropriation bill that they also violated," Thornberry says. "There is a third provision they may well have violated which requires the president to keep Congress currently informed of all significant intelligence activities."

Thornberry says he still wants to know more about Bergdahl and the circumstances that led to his capture.

That's what many Texomans want to know as well.

Blaz L. Bernal, an Air Force veteran, says, "When it comes to our men being held, and our women being held, in another country, I just think they should negotiate and bring them back home, but there's a limit to what you give up to bring them home."

Margaret Lockwood, a Wichita Falls resident, says, "I don't like it at all. I think if one of us did something like that, that we'd be in jail, and that's where he needs to be."

"Especially five for one. That's not fair," Bernal says. "It should have been one for one. When you do five, there's something fishy about it."
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